Thirty-five concerned residents of Port Elgin, comprising the group Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy (STOP) have requested through legal counsel that the Ontario Minister of Environment stop the construction of an 800kW wind-powered electrical generator, which the CAW is attempting to erect as close as 150m to their homes. Current Regulations under the Environmental Protection Act require a 550m setback.
Even though the regulations requiring the 550m set-back were enacted in Sept. 2009, the Ministry says that the set-back does not apply since the project was approved in March 2009.
It is estimated that there could be as many as 100 homes currently within the 550m bubble. The entire area within the bubble will be residentially developed within the next 20 years according to Bruce County plans.
Furthermore, two new sub-divisions have been approved by the town, which will result in several hundred more homes being built within the bubble during the next several years.
“All we are asking is that the Minister hold the CAW to the standards that exist under the current law,” said Daniel C. Santoro, counsel to the 35 concerned residents, in a news release Friday. “These residents are deeply concerned that this turbine will have ill-effects on their health. With this project, the CAW overrides the rights and safety concerns of hundreds of current and future residents of Port Elgin.”
Full text of the press release is available at www.shorelinebeacon.com